Archive | January, 2010

What’s your fave treat?

22 Jan

Last weekend, MJD and I flew to California to visit friends and get to know their beautiful little daughter a little better. They live in Sacramento, and as usual, we ate our way through the city and came bake stuffed and in need of detox! But we had a great time doing it. Sacramento (or SAC Town as it is called…no comment) was really cute. We had a fabulous brunch at Bistro 33 – get the donuts – and ordered in delicious Chinese food (as you know DC does not offer good Chinese food).

We also visited Davis, and did a little shopping. It rained most of the weekend, but when the sun came out, it was nice to be on the West Coast!

The highlight though was definitely the Smores! On our last night, we took advantage of our friends’ big house and fireplace and made smores, while sipping some local wine! Why are smores still so appealing? MJD says he doesn’t get it, but I just find them so fun and wonderful. I loved sitting by the fire roasting the marshmallows and putting the whole smore together! I think I’m just still a kid at heart. Thirty or not, I love smores!

What’s your favorite sweet treat?!

If you’re looking to help

21 Jan

I don’t usually blog about politics or international events, but after a few days away, I am finding it hard to come back and not mention the tragedy in Haiti. It seems callous to return with a post about my trip, so I’m just going to quickly mention an organization I recently read about in Haiti.

If you’re interested in donating to a hospital on the ground, go to Partners in Health (PIH).

PIH has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. We urgently need your support to help those affected by the recent earthquake.

Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.

Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities we serve.

To learn more about Haiti or PIH, pick up Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. The book shares the true story of an American doctor, Paul Farmer (PIH founder), who builds a hospital and changes medicine in Haiti. I read it during the holidays.

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Cookies, Cookies, and more cookies

14 Jan

I think I have mentioned that my sister and my mom bake. Well, during the holidays they went crazy. They were full on baking crazies.

They made the traditional Aunt Nonie cake, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter kisses cookies, and tried new varieties of cookies. My sis brought the rugelach back, and made apple pie from scratch for only the second time. I was so stuffed after Christmas, I literally could not write this post until now.

Anyway, here’s a look at our Christmas.

My gross cookies

mom's new cookies

My sister's choc chip rugelach

peanut butter kisses

Homemade apple pie

The pie baker

Artie wants the choc chip cookies in the jar

How we all felt after eating!

And there was more! I forgot to mention the truffles that my sister made (I helped decorate!) and don’t have a picture of the cake!

Oh, and the cookies I promised to make were not very good. Oops!

Alexandria Dining

11 Jan

Have you guys been to the Majestic Cafe or Restaurant Eve?

I have wanted to try both restaurants for way too long, and finally went to the Majestic on New Year’s Eve with MJD’s family. The menu was really interesting – especially for a price fix. That’s when things are usually dumbed down, I think.

The place was so cute, and decorated, and all the waiters were festive. We had a great time, although now I want to go back and try their regular menu!

The thing that really grabbed our attention though was the size of the dessert! My cake was literally the size of a small head! Now the question is, go back for the Sunday night dinner, or try Restaurant Eve? Which first?

No wonder I need a food and wine detox!

PS. I would recommend the coconut cake over the red velvet.

Who Don’t?

9 Jan

Clearly the Bengals didn’t take Artie’s lessons to heart.

Let’s change the topic.

Who is more annoying? The Delta lady with her wagging finger or the Palm Pre lady with her weird, forced, sexy voice:

Here it is in slow motion!

Thoughts?

Who Dey?!

9 Jan

Go Bengals! We’ll be chanting “Who Dey” all over DC today.

Thankfully, we are watching with friends, so whatever the outcome, we’ll (ie. MJD) will be distracted;-)

And yes, before you ask, I am from NYC. But I like the Giants, not the Jets. And MJD is from Cincy, and Chad Ochocinco makes me laugh. You hear him talking about his knee this week? It’s worth reading!

Our Bengal showing 'em how it's done

Naked Jogger in DC

8 Jan

This made me laugh. Who runs naked? Especially in the winter!

And do you think the secret service was like, “Dude, we have such better things to do. Please do this on your campus or in your neighborhood the next time?!”

Do you think the naked jogger got to put on his clothes before getting yelled at, or did he just have to stand there? The Washington Post doesn’t say, but a secret service spokesperson reports: 

“He was apprehended, naked though he was,” Wiley said.

Ha! Did anyone see him running? This all happened at 5pm!

Did your college have a naked run? A friend of mine ran in the Tufts naked run…impressed! You know who you are;-)

Delivery Options

8 Jan

Does anyone else feel like it’s impossible to get good, affordable takeout in this city? All the local thai and sushi places in the Dupont area at least are fine, but they are really expensive for takout. And forget the pizza. We ordered some gross and expensive pizza last night.

Why can’t DC figure out delivery?

I just saw on Borderstan that another pizza place is opening – this one on 14th. I wonder if it will deliver. So far, it seems like all the half way decent pizza in this town is pick-up only. (Pizza Paradiso, Red Rocks, Two Amys, of course)

HomeMade Pizza – will you be my solution? Sometimes I am tired and don’t want to cook. All I ask is that you taste ok and you deliver one pie for under $20. Too much to ask?

Tuesday Pick Me Up

5 Jan

MJD just sent me this picture of Artie as a puppy. Can I get a collective AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW?

Don’t they look like stuffed toys?